DE-ICE SETS UP SCOTTISH OFFICE -Winter risk management specialist appoints Iain McDonald as it continues to expand-

De-ice (, one of the UK’s longest-established and leading gritting and snow clearance specialists, has set up a new office in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company has also appointed Iain McDonald as its first contracts manager for the region.

De-ice manages operations centrally from its head office in Maldon, Essex. However, strategically placed satellite offices support clients across the UK.

Mark Lopez, managing director at De-ice, comments: “We felt the time had come to set up a physical presence in Scotland, and to take on the right contracts manager to run the operation.

“We are delighted to welcome Iain McDonald to the team. His experience will be invaluable and we will be concentrating on really driving forward our growth in the region – reinforcing our position as one of the most well-known and renowned winter maintenance providers.”

Iain McDonald will be responsible for signing new business and organising operations for the Scottish region, and brings more than 16 years’experience working on the Scottish Trunk Road Management and Maintenance Contracts.

Iain previously held the position of Network Manager on the North West Trunk Road Unit, Scotland’s largest unit, covering 1330 kilometres across an area from Campbeltown to Wick, and including the notorious A9 from Perth to Inverness.

Prior to this Iain oversaw the delivery of the Scottish Ministers winter service requirements as winter service manager on the North West Unit,including some of the of the most demanding of winter conditions affecting transport in the United Kingdom.

Iain is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Highways &Transportation.

Iain comments: “This is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to spearheading De-ice’s growth in Scotland.

“With the increasingly litigious society that we live in, it is important for companies to  have the right systems and procedures in place when it comes to winter gritting and risk management. Many organisations try to self-service or do not have the correct levels of support in place. Working with companies like De-ice they are able to rely on fail-safe audit trails to show that all the necessary precautions were taken to prevent accidents from occurring on their sites. I want to work hard to drive this message home in Scotland.

“I also anticipate my experience helping to open doors within the public sector for De-ice; something which we are keen to explore.”